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Dec 7, 2012 11:35pm PST
of these unlikely therapists. >>> and stop and go. from rudolph's holiday classic to the an tucks of sponge bob scare pa square pants, inside the stop motion studios where these beloved characters are making christmas magic. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry more yamoran, cynthia mcf and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," december 7th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. it started with two radio djs and a lighthearted prank call to the london hospital where the pregnant duchess kate was recovering from acute sickness. but today, that joke took an unexpected turn, when the nurse who picked up the call was found dead. abc's david wright brings us this look at the dark side of practical jokes. >> hello, good morning. >> oh, hello there. could i please speak to kate, please, my granddaughter. >> oh, yes, just hold on. >> reporter: as this prank phone call by two australian djs went viral around the world. >> if this has worked, it's the easiest prank call we've ever made. >> reporter: one can only imagine that the nurse that put the call through must
Dec 12, 2012 11:35pm PST
of survival and the fierce determination of a mother's love. abc's bob woodruff talked to naomi watts for tonight's "nightline" interview. >> reporter: it started out as an idyllic vacation for a young family on the west coast of thailand, a mother and father played by naomi watts and ewan mcgregor and their three young sons. but the holiday soon turns to a living held. and an epic fight for survival in the most devastating natural disaster in modern history. it was december 26th, 2004, when a giant tsunami swept across southeast asia, destroying entire villages, killing hundreds of thousands. "the impossible" tells the whole story in excruciating detail of what happened to one family caught up with millions of people in the disaster. >> i will find them, i promise you that. >> it just felt like it was rooted in real truth. like every line of dialogue, every detail, everything just felt real. >> reporter: naomi watts plays maria, who along with her son lucas, barely survives the initial wave. maria was badly injured. >> i'm scared. >> reporter: facing unimaginable obstacles, she needs
Dec 10, 2012 11:35pm PST
would answer. here's abc's bob woodruff. >> reporter: gabriel posey is about to get the biggest surprise of his life. he is a 32-year-old staff sergeant in the army just back from 11 months in afghanistan. now along with 200,000 veterans leaving the military this year alone he is looking for a new career. gabriel applied for a mentor through a group called american corporate partners, acp. what he doesn't know yet is his mentor is one of the biggest names in hollywood. what would be your dream now that you are going into this world in the u.s. you've been away from the last nine years since you've been serving? >> my dream is to write for television or film. >> have you done that before? >> no. >> have you done film or television work? >> i have no formal training. >> this is purely a dream? >> yes. >> reporter: who better to help him reach that dream job than tom hanks. >> i've got to find bubba! >> reporter: some of his best known roles are from films about war. "forrest gump" and "saving private ryan." hanks is a long-standing advocate of veterans affairs. >> when you were a kid did y
Nov 30, 2012 11:35pm PST
: then again, maybe not. today, we asked store manager bob to take a look at the maryland video. >> doesn't look familiar at all. and i don't recognize this person at all. >> reporter: whoever the arizona winner may be, they may well find that even powerball money can't buy happiness. >> florida figures show that lottery winners are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than non-lottery winners. people are likely to end up in jail. they have an increased likelihood of dramatically bad things happening. >> reporter: then again, that sort of talk sounds like sour grapes for the rest of us. even if the chances their lives will be happier is just 50/50, the flip of a coin, it's better odds than the lottery. and these winners will have plenty of coins to flip. i'm david wright for "nightline" in phoenix. >> instant millionaires. thanks to david wright for that. >>> well, just ahead, this is a fascinating story. she grew 14 inches taller with the help of a controversial series of surgeries. one woman's incredible journey, next. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ design
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